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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy dinner that's ready in no time. Simple to make, so delicious - no box mix required!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, cheeseburger, ground beef, hamburger helper, macaroni
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressurize/Depressurize 30 minutes


  • 1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced finely
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, dry (1 pound box)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • fresh parsley chopped, optional for serving
  • fresh parmesan cheese shredded, optional for serving


  • Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and heat the oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Break up the beef into the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until no pink remains in the beef.
  • Add the macaroni, broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper.
  • Stir to combine. Be sure to scrape any cooked ground beef off the bottom.
  • Cover and set the Instant Pot to cook at high-pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When the cycle is complete, quick-release the pressure, remove lid and stir well.
  • Stir in the cheese a little at a time and serve immediately with fresh parsley or parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Store the leftovers in the refrigerator.